North Carolina was involved in yet another scandal involving an athletic team, as part of allegations that a softball team conspired to throw a game in order to eliminate a tougher opponent.
Washington’s South Snohomish Little League team was accused of throwing the game versus North Carolina’s representative from Rowan in order to knockout Central Iowa due to a tiebreaker in the pool play stage of the Little League Softball World Series.
Washington had already qualified for the semifinal round with one game left to play, and reportedly sat their best players and ordered the remainder to swing at bad pitches or bunt to ensure they lost their game against Rowan. It resulted in the North Carolina squad winning 8-0 along with a no-hitter that left Central Iowa eliminated and heartbroken.
While watching the game unfold, the Central Iowa girls also quickly realized what was happening.
“It took about a half inning for the girls to catch on,” Husak said. “We were trying to keep it from them, but you could see when they caught on that the tears started to pile up. It was pretty emotional.”